In a Sirius NFL Radio interview with Adam Schein, Bernard Berrian said the following regarding whether or not Childress lost the locker room:
“Yeah, you could say it happened, yeah. I mean, yeah it did. I mean it just, I think people got to a point where it was just, it was too overbearing.”
“He was just confrontational. I think that was the biggest thing. Instead of, you know, going to players like men and just talking and conversating about it, it was kind of brought to their attention in a confrontational way and just people just didn’t really conform to that way of, I guess, him talking and speaking to his team, or players individually.”
You may not witness many players willing to stand up and say this type of thing, so kudos to Berrian.
Childress is not necessarily a bad human, in fact I believe he is a good guy, but he wasn’t everybody’s favorite blend of coffee. And that is life. It takes a rare breed of person to be a great head coach.
There is no belittling the importance of X’s and O’s, but football knowledge only gets you so far. That’s why the term “manager” in baseball is so fitting. It is more how you manage players than your scheme.
We all have to understand how to deal with people. How to be blunt while compassionate. How to be fair and respectful. And be honest, don’t we all stroke a little ego in our daily jobs to get what we are looking for?
Football is no different… really, it’s not rocket science. People are people no matter where you are. Why Chilly was so chilly towards his players beats me.